Option D certification for Repacking and Wholesaling operations entails an annual on-site audit by a CanadaGAP®-licensed Certification Body. Requirements for repacking and wholesale are incorporated into the CanadaGAP manuals. Users apply the requirements only from the sections of the manual that are relevant to them. The addition of requirements for repacking and wholesale creates a seamless program for those whose operations may be vertically integrated. The availability of Option D ensures consistency in food safety requirements across the supply chain.
Repacking and Wholesaling operations must develop and maintain a site-specific HACCP Plan. A generic HACCP model is available from CanadaGAP, as is guidance on creating a HACCP Plan. Option D certification includes an Annual Audit on-site and meets all GFSI requirements.
The repacking and wholesale requirements are based on the CPMA Repacking and Wholesale Food Safety Program, which was technically reviewed and deemed sound by federal and provincial governments.
Annual on-site audits may be replaced by unannounced audits.
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has formally benchmarked and recognizes certification option D as meeting international requirements for food safety.
Option D certification is available for the repacking, and wholesaling of all fresh fruits and vegetables except for fresh sprouts, fresh fruits and vegetables in hermetically sealed containers, and minimally processed fruits and vegetables.
Who should choose Option D?
Choose Option D if your company:
- Repacks fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Wholesales (i.e., stores) product in market ready packaging materials and does not do any packing/repacking.
- Handles (e.g., receives, sorts, grades, stores, repacks, etc.) imported product (e.g., citrus, avocado, tropical fruit, etc.).
- Repacks or wholesales other fruits and vegetables that are outside of CanadaGAP’s scope for production, packing and storage.
NOTE: Option D (GFSI-recognized) certification is no longer be available to brokerage operations as of April 1, 2022. Brokerage operations should choose Option F.
Option D involves three cost components: